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Kipling and Orientalism (Routledge Revivals)

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ISBN 9781138799219
Published February 4, 2016 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1986, this book sets Kipling firmly in the historical context not only of contemporary India but of prior Anglo-Indian writers about India. Despite his enthusiastic reception in England as ‘revealer of the East’, in India he seems to have been regarded as just one more Anglo-Indian writer. The author demonstrates the traditionalism of Kipling’s use of the themes of Anglo-Indian fiction – themes such as the ‘White Man’s grave’, domestic instability, frustration and loneliness. In particular, Kipling is shown to be writing in a strongly conservative idiom, concentrating on the role of the British hierarchy as the determining factor in a response to India, on British insecurity and fears of a repeat of 1857 mutiny, and regarding Indian institutions only in so far as they represented a threat to British rule. Conservative critiques of liberalism are also discussed.

Table of Contents

1. Kipling’s Contexts  2. "Gorgeous East" versus "Land of Regrets"  3. A Sense of Insecurity  4. Strategic Conflicts within "Orientalism"  5. The Problem of Solidarity  6. "Orientalism" and Narrative;  Bibliography;  Index

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